After visiting his sister in Maryland, Ethiopian-born Dilnesahu Nukuro decided to stay in the United States to complete his last year of high school and attend the University of the District of Columbia.
“I was searching for a University in the DC area, and one of my friends from Ethiopia was going to UDC,” Nukuro said. “It was very diverse, and everyone is welcome.”
As a Senegal native, Amadou Gallo Fall, a UDC alumnus, UDC Hall of Famer, and currently president of the Basketball Africa League, was recruited to play basketball at the University of District of Columbia after meeting someone from the Peace Corps in the 1980s. He then met legendary UDC basketball coach George Leftwich.
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As a seventh grader, Ashley Peterson suffered from undiagnosed ADHD and hypersensitivity to light and sound. But it was the advocacy of her mother and a school counselor that turned her life around. Today, she is helping others as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), specializing in psychotherapy.
A retired principal and teacher, UDC Trustee Jerome Shelton has committed to ensuring that students can dream that anything is possible. After more than 38 years in education, one of the greatest rewards of his labor came when one of his former students assisted Shelton’s terminally ill father through his final days.
Some people talk about solving problems and then some do it. After starting as an early childhood educator and seeing the many challenges, Marica Cox Mitchell credits UDC with inspiring her to be a catalyst for change. She now serves as vice president, early childhood for the Bainum Family Foundation.
Anntoinette “Toni” White-Richardson’s love of education and history has served her well in her career and as a UDC Board of Trustees member. She champions several causes, including adult literacy, housing, economic opportunity and educational advancement at UDC. Richardson (’95) graduated from the University with a Master of Arts in Adult Education. She earned undergraduate degrees in sociology and theatre from George Washington University in 1980.
Gail Jones is a nationally recognized teacher, nutrition expert and community leader. Crowned the first Miss University of the District of Columbia in 1977, she went on to win numerous pageants, as well as awards for teaching and community service. Jones (’80) spent two years at Federal City College as a home economics education major before it became part of the merger to establish the University of the District of Columbia in 1976.
Barrington Scott brings a unique perspective and passion as an alumni representative to UDC’s Board of Trustees and Foundation, Inc. Board. As a student, he was the University’s first football team captain and has also been inducted into the UDC Athletic Sports Hall of Fame. Since his time as a Trustee, he has been instrumental in scholarships, alumni support and advocating for student life activities.